Cutting Room for August 3

• If you want to find an overly testosterone-d, oddly puffy, former action movie icon in the next few months, you’ll have to book a trip to Bulgaria. The Expendables 2 is shooting, and the rumor mill has dropped some steaming casting news on the sidewalk. Supposedly, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Bruce Willis will now be joined by John Travolta, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Be still my steroid-infused heart! If you want to seek out the sure-to-be-hidden set, just let your nose follow the overpowering scent of Ben Gay and former fame.

• Staying beneath the 1980s action umbrella, Die Hard 5 now has a plot! I should say “has what passes for a plot.” Actually, scratch all of that, it just has a location: Russia. That’s right, if anyone knows how to say “Yippie-ki-yay” in Russian, your services are needed. Oh, and can I suggest a subtitle: Die Hard 5: For a Few Rubles More or even better, Die Hard 5: Bolshevik Blow-out!

• Talking at the San Diego Comic-Con, Danny DeVito said he’d be open to Twins 2. It seems like it would just be easier to wear a shirt that says “Kill me before I destroy what’s left of America’s dignity.”

• The media has recently unearthed a study by psychology professor Robert W. Levenson that concludes a scene from the movie The Champ is the saddest movie clip of all time. Of course, the study ended in 1995, which means it’s possible a tear-jerking moment from the last 16 years has supplanted it. Someone should invest another near decade of time and financial resources to find out. That, or they could cure some sick people.

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Welcome back, you sexy denizens of the interwebs. Let me first congratulate you on your fine taste in podcasts. This week's ear buffet offers entrees that include news items, movie reviews, and deep, dark confessions. Also, there are poems about this week's releases that we shall from now on refer to as Ha!kus and not haikus. What are you waiting for, click PLAY!

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On Your Radar: Knights of Badassdom

What is as bad ass as Peter Dinklage? Answer: Nothing. Also acceptable: Summer Glau with a sword.

Netflix Roulette: The Last Lovecraft

Please don't let it be as bad as the last two we watched. If this were real Russian roulette, Matt and I would be dead. Twice over. And in hell they would show us the movies we watched. Icky.

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Cutting Room for July 27

 

  • Charlie Kaufman’s only directorial effort, the genius work of art that is Synecdoche, New York, broke my brain in half. Thus, announcement of his forthcoming sophomore effort fills me with equal parts glee and a desire to purchase of copious amounts of aspirin. It comes with the inauspicious title Frank or Francis and the simplistic plotline, “a volatile back and forth between a film director (Frank) and an online blogger (Francis).” But don’t let that fool you, the cast is sheer lunacy: Nicholas Cage, Jack Black and Steve Carell. I look forward to calling it the best film of 2013 and then spending 2014 trying to figure it out.
     
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation, long a cultural touchstone to victims of fathers resembling Clark Griswold, is getting remade. The only good news about the latest boxcar added to the remake train is that it is being written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who wrote Horrible Bosses, a comedy that’s actually as funny as it is supposed to be. You know what, I’m predicting some casting news now: Jason Sudeikis is about to chase Chevy off of that Griswold throne.
     
  • It’s not technically movie news, but have you seen the new Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys video for “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” yet? It’s funk-tastic. It features stop-motion animated action figures doing things only Spike Jonze would make action figures do. Also really awesome: Jonze’s entire recent stream of short films over the last few years, including We Were Once a Fairytale, I’m Here and, his most recent project with Arcade Fire, Scenes from the Suburbs. We tend to give short films the short end of the sharp stick, but the long and the short of it is that Jonze rocks at any length.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Half of what promises to be an epic conclusion to a fabulous series.

GRADE
B+


Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

GRADE
B+


The Overnighters

"The Grapes of Wrath" in documentary form set in North Dakota.

GRADE
A-


Interstellar

If this was humanity's last hope, give up.

GRADE
D


Nightcrawler

A condemnation of crime pornography with a chilling central character.

GRADE
A


John Wick

You kill his dog, he kills a million people. You've been warned.

GRADE
B


Dear White People

The type of smart, ballsy satire that comes along all too rarely.

GRADE
A


Fury

War is hell, but this movie is just hella slow.

GRADE
C+


The Burden of Actual Christianity

Most praise for writer/director Jesse Moss’s documentary, The Overnighters, has rightly been focused on its Steinbeckian...

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Awful, Not Full of Awe

Preposterous, pseudointellectual, poorly constructed, clichéd, impenetrably masculine, goofy and possessed of an...

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News-sploitation

Yesterday, CNN showed reporters physically chasing a woman connected to the Ebola scare. Not too long ago, a Fox News...

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Dogged Determination

John Wick killed three guys with a pencil.

John Wick is so good at killing, he had to bury his guns beneath a cement floor...

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